Thursday, June 18, 2009

Praying the Scriptures - Robert Benson

Much of my morning devotional time is spent praying through, over, and in the Word of God. I recently read Living Prayer by Robert Benson and found his description of praying the scriptures to be helpful in understanding how this kind of praying affects our hearts and lives. Here is an excerpt:
Much of the life of prayer seems to be about learning to pay attention. One finds and adapts and adopts the traditions of prayer that can be added to the fabric of one's life. They, in turn, lead to acts of devotion and oblation and sacrifice in the hope that one's heart will be increasingly prepared to be present to and shaped by the ways of God.

. . . to pray the scriptures is to commit oneself to the act of coming to attention at particular times in particular ways. It is to provide a frame upon which one's life can be lived and within which one's journey can be made.
Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch. (Psalm 5:2-3)

1 comment:

  1. LELAND —

    Thank you much for reading LIVING PRAYER in the first place and for sharing it with your friends. I am honored by the first and humbled by the latter.

    Namaste —

    R. Benson